Major Historical Anniversaries in December 2019

I often wonder what significant anniversaries are due at some point in the future as some of them might be of interest as triggers for blog posts or visits somewhere. However, it is often difficult to find out quickly what events have significant anniversaries - hence this section on the website.

By "significant anniversaries", I mean dates that are not, for example, the 73rd anniversary of something, but the 50th, 100th, 200th etc.

It should help to flag up interesting events.

Significant anniversaries during December 2019

10th Heavy snowfall causes widespread disruption across large parts of South East England, East Anglia, the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. (18th Dec 2009)
10th ITV closes its news and information service on Teletext, leaving the ITV channel(s) without such a service for the first time in 35 years. (16th Dec 2009)
20th Westminster Station on the London Underground's Jubilee Line opens. (22nd Dec 1999)
20th The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive. (2nd Dec 1999)
30th The Provisional Irish Republican Army launch an attack on a British Army permanent vehicle checkpoint near Rosslea, Northern Ireland. Two British soldiers are killed and one badly wounded. (13th Dec 1989)
50th Home Secretary James Callaghan's motion to make permanent the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965, which had temporarily suspended capital punishment in England, Wales and Scotland for murder (but not for all crimes) for a period of five years. (18th Dec 1969)
75th World War II: The Home Guard is stood down. (3rd Dec 1944)
80th HMS Duchess (H64) sinks after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men (12th Dec 1939)
100th Lincoln's Inn in London admits its first female bar student. (30th Dec 1919)
100th Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the UK. (23rd Dec 1919)
100th Lady Astor becomes the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom (she had been elected to that position on November 28). (1st Dec 1919)
175th The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement. (21st Dec 1844)
250th Dartmouth College is founded by the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, with a Royal Charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal Governor John Wentworth. (13th Dec 1769)



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